23 April 2017
It seems that as soon as mid-April hits, teachers start fantasizing about what their classroom will be like next year. We start thinking of all of the ways to improve what we have been doing this year. We say things like, "Next year, I will always have my attendance in on time" or "I'm going to be so much more organized next year." Often, this is the time of the year when administration lets you know what you'll be teaching next year but now is not the time to put in a lot of thought of what your fall will look like.
Have you heard of the book, Writers Are Readers by Lester Laminack? If you haven't, it is one to put on your to-read list. It is all about the reading-writing connection, and the great thing about it is that each chapter explains how to model a reading skill with a mentor text and flip the learning to writing with the same text. It is a great way to help students recognize how text structures, signal words, and story events are used to understand texts, but also how students can use these structures to help the readers of their own writing.
23 March 2017
Spring is a great time to bring hands on science activities into your curriculum. My students love interactive science activities. With the warmer weather approaching, our curriculum focuses on spring science standards. Students are so excited when they can step out of the textbook and interact with science in creative ways. I found some wonderful activities and want to share them with you.
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